Despite the fact that today everyone is keen to opt for higher education in general and a management degree in particular; the teaching-learning process in higher education seems to be legging behind the ideal. As the heterogeneous classroom fraternity in a typical higher education classroom presents a challenge to the teacher, the indispensable prerequisite of effective teaching-learning process – students’/participants’ motivation/interest to learn; is not given due attention. In absence of an adequate interest and motive for learning, the Gen-Next students experience motivational problems that demand careful attention and concern. Considering the diversity amongst these students, one cannot expect to have a standardized across-the-board approach to deal with all the motivational problems. But, having direct bearing on the effectiveness of the teaching-learning process, igniting and ensuring student motivation has become the need-of-thehour. In the light of these concerns, this conceptual paper highlights the likely causes of lack of student motivation and discusses the way-outs to be adopted by the teachers to serve as motivators for these budding leaders; and thereby improve the teaching-learning process in higher education in general, and management education in particular. Analyzing the plethora of available literature with a practical orientation and clubbing it with the real life teaching experience, the authors have tried to unearth the concern areas of ensuring student motivation in higher education, especially in management programmes, and emphasized the need that every teacher should learn to spot the tendencies of human nature and then incorporate these insights during the teaching-learning process; to make it more fruitful for all the concerned.